The Artist
The Illustrations
Vipers & Raptors!!
Gallery One
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Gallery Five
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Pilots & Crew
Pilot Portraits
Books by Lou Drendel
Aviation Art Book
The Lima Lima Flight Team book

My latest ebooks, available through Amazon.com or iTunes Store. The B-52 is the most iconic bomber of the past fifty years, and this is a history of the BUFF, including lots of color photos. The C-130 is the most famous of all airlifters and has been used in many roles. My latest ebook contains 130 pages of history, including lot s of color photos. The F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet contains the history of all versions of the Hornet, including the Growler. Heavily illustrated with all color photos which render with more clairity on your screen than they do in print. The F-14 Tomcat, A-10 Warthog, and F-16 Viper books contain the developmental and operational histories of these famous fighters, including the latest combat operations. Lima Lima is the expanded (double the size of the print book) and updated history of the first civilian 6-ship formation aerobatic team.

New eBook, published on iBooks and Kindle, available through iTunes or Amazon. A recap of my 40 years of rides in high performance military jets. Many of these narratives appeared in my books, but many more are in print for the first time!

Available from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PHFLB2O

Available in the iBooks or iTunes apps.


Signed (personalized) copies of USAF in Vietnam are available for $34.95. Send PayPal to loudrendel@verizon.net

or checks to:

Lou Drendel

429 Nassau St S

Venice, FL 34285

Sample Pages

E-books from Amazon or iBooks Stores:

Sample pages:

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The first two of my e-books have been published in the Amazon Kindle bookstore. You can purchase them here: Lou Drendel e-books

The Aviation Art book contains my efforts that have not appeared in Squadron/Signal Publications. These are paintings covering the past 50 years.

The B-25 Illustrated was originally done for Squadron, but rejected because the photos were not hi-res enough. As you can see, they translate beautifully to the digital screen.

These titles can be read on a variety of e-readers, including Kindle and iPad. They can also be read on your computer, using the free Kindle app available from Amazon.com

Another e-book! This one is only available on the Amazon.com Kindle store. P-47 Thunderbolt Illustrated

The F-22 Raptor In Action is in print! Buy a Raptor painting which is in the book and receive an autographed book with your purchase. Raptor paintings are in the Vipers and Raptors Gallery.

Link to an interview with Heritage Flight Gear:

Heritage Flight Gear Interview

Interview with Don Moore




























































































I am downsizing my studio and need to reduce inventory!

Giant Aviation Art Sale!

50% off all original art paintings. Free shipping if you buy 3 or more together.

(Excluding Prints)


On a sub-zero January morning, we were aboard an American Airlines MD-80 out of O'Hare IAP, bound for Fort Myers. As we climbed out, the rising sun silhouetted the Chicago skyline as it rose over a frozen Lake Michigan. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvas panel $800

The cover painting for my B-52 book shows a B-52G over Hanoi during Operation Linebacker II, the bombing campaign that brought the North Vietnamese to their knees. In the words of one of the pilots, "it was the most awesome fireworks display I had ever seen" as the skies were filled with AAA and SAMS. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvas panel. $800 Sold DG
The rear cover illustration for by B-52 book shows the NB-52A launching the X-15. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvas panel. $800
A somewhat unheralded, but critically important, mission of the Hercules is that of the WC-130s that fly from Keesler AFB, MS to penetrate tropical storms. The Hurricane Hunters are responsible for the updated information at the National Hurricane Center. 20"x16" acrylic on gessobord $700 Sold DL
One of the C-130s most important missions has become that of aerial firefighter. This has become especially important in this very active western forest fire season. 20"x16" acrylic on gessobord. $700
NASA F-104 high over Edwards AFB, California. Edwards is a prime testing site for experimental aircraft and is the home of the USAF Test Pilot School. The F-104 Starfighter was one of the leading edge Century Series of USAF fighters during the 1950s and 1960s. 24" x 18" acrylic on gessoed hardboard. $800
The cover illustration for my "F-16 Viper Illustrated" 24" x 18" acrylic on gessobord. $900 Sold DL
The cover illustration for my eBook, "A-10 Warthog Illustrated". 20" x 15" acrylic on illustration board. $800
F-14B of VF-103 dropping a Laser-Guided bomb on Taliban in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. By the end of its career, the Tomcat had morphed from the ultimate fleet defense interceptor to the best precision bomber in the fleet. Cover illustration for my ebook. 24" x 18" acrylic. $800
I have been known to paint subjects other than airplanes and since they share the sky with my favorites, I lean to avian subjects like the Bald Eagle and the Osprey. The Eagle is titled "Majesty", while I have titled the Osprey "Fish On!" Both are 16" x 20", done in acrylics, the Eagle on canvaspanel and the Osprey on gessobord. $400 each.
Flying Tigers Warthog. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvaspanel. $900
"Twilight Trap"...shows an F/A-18F of VFA-103 in the groove for coming aboard. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvas panel. $800
"First Trap" shows a fledgling Naval Aviator approaches USS Lexington in his TA-4J trainer for his first arrested landing. 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas panel. $700
F-4B of VF-111 "Sundowners" about to launch from USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) for a 1972 mission against North Vietnam. 20" x 16" acrylic on gessobord. $700 SOLD DL
Operation "Tagboard" was the used of the Lockheed D-21 drone, and Mach 3+ unmanned reconnaissance vehicle, designed to be launched from the modified A-12, forerunner of the SR-71. The program was used breifly in the early 1960s and was discontinued after a D-21 collided with its carrier upon release, destroying the A-12 (M-21) and resulting in the death of the RSO. Only 4 successful launches were made before the program was cancelled. 20" x 15" acrylic on illustration board. $600
"American Eagle" F-15C of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, which was one of the most successful units in Operation Desert Storm. Eagles shot down 33 Iraqi aircraft during Desert Storm. The Eagle is the most successful air-to-air combat aircraft ever built, having downed over 100 adversaries without suffering a loss. 20" x 15" acrylic on illustration board. $500
F/A-18E Super Hornet of VFA-31 "Tomcatters" traps aboard USS George H W Bush, while another Super Hornet breaks into the landing pattern. 24" x 18" acrylic on gessobord. $800<
MiG-21MF "Fishbed J" of Truong Ton, 927th "Lam Son" during a dogfight over North Vietnam on 24 July 1972. He eventually shot down an F-4E of the 366th TFW during this mission. 24" x 18" acrylic on hardboard. $900 Reserved WW
AC-130A Spectre Gunship climbs over the Plain of Jars in Laos, heading for its nightly work on the Ho Chi Mihn Trail. The AC-130 became the most effective truck killer in the battle to stem the tide of war materiel heading into the battlefields of South Vietnam. Almost a half century later, more modern versions of the AC-130 continue to prove its effectiveness on other battle grounds. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvaspanel. $800
Curtiss SB2C-4 of VB-83 from USS Essex during an April 1945 attack on Japanese shipping.24" x 18" acrylic on canvaspanel $800
"Razorback Hawg" shows an A-10C Warthog of the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard over the wilds of Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. 24" x 18" acrylic on gessobord. $800
"Shuttle Comes Home" The Space Shuttle is the most complex flying machine ever built, and the landings must be performed with precision. Computers perform the re-entry and energy management phases which get the Shuttle into position for landing at Kennedy Space Center. Here the Shuttle is turning onto final approach to the 15,000 foot-long runway, with the pilot now flying. It is at 14,000 feet, gliding at over 350mph, and descending at an approach angle more than 20 times that of a commercial airliner. It is 8 miles from touchdown. 24" x 18" acrylic on 3/4" mounted canvas panel. $1,500.
One of the most attacked (and heavily defended) targets in North Vietnam was the Thanh Hoa Bridge. The job of the RF-8 Crusader photo recon pilots was to get post-strike photos, and they usually encountered heavy AAA fire from the stirred-up defenders as they made their runs hot on the heels of the attackers. 30" x 15" acrylic on canvas panel. $800
The U.S. Navy has announced that VF-101 "Grim Reapers" will be the F-35C training squadron, operating from NAS Oceana, Virginia. Though they have yet to receive their first jet, I thought it was not too much of a stretch to show a "Lightning II" in colors that VF-101 flew on their F-14 Tomcat. 24" x 18" acrylic on hardboard. $900

Early Drendel books sale!

Check the "Books by.." page for availability and prices for these long out-of-print books which will be autographed for the buyer. (All prices include shipping.)

Surf the whole site to see an updated status on new work and reservations which have been removed, making these paintings available once again for sale.




Welcome to your tour of the on-line art gallery of the illustrations of Lou Drendel. You will see a broad cross-section of work done over the past 40 years. Many are for sale, and most are original works.  Each is an individual and unique piece of collectible art.

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